How to Choose Stone Pavers for Your Patio

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If building a patio isn’t an option for your space, installing pavers is a great alternative way to create one. If you have started your search already, you know that choosing pavers for your patio takes time and careful consideration. You need to choose options that work for both fit and function while also keeping your budget in mind. Other choices to consider involve material, shape, and color.

Price

Call three to five landscape contractors in your area to compare prices for paver installation. Also, ask about their estimated timelines for project completion. It is important to do your due diligence and make sure they are a licensed contractor and have workers comp insurance. Also, it would also be beneficial to ask for client referrals so you can review on work they have done in the past.

Although price varies by region as well as the size of your patio, the average cost should be around $10-$16 per square foot, with concrete being slightly cheaper. Remember to always check for off-season or end-of-season rates.

Climate

Since brick is very porous, it can break down with steady rain interference. It also responds poorly to strong wind or intense heat. Therefore, you should only choose brick pavers if you live in a moderate climate. Concrete and stone pavers hold up better under harsh conditions. Flagstone pavers are an attractive and natural choice if you live in a region with severe weather.

Exposed Areas

The sun is powerful and can degrade all kinds of materials. For patio areas that are uncovered or otherwise exposed to the elements, apply a sealer twice a year to protect them from damage.

Style

How creative do you want to be with the look of your patio? Ask yourself this question when choosing pavers. Concrete gives you freedom and versatility with shape and color. Brick is a classic look, but as you know, it offers limited options in color and shape.

Shape

The width of your space can help determine which paver shapes will work best for your patio. Using wide pavers in a narrow space will only make it look smaller. Small shapes and patterns in a large patio will likely take significant time and effort to install.

If you like round shapes, you can choose pavers that come in circles, spirals, or scalloped edges. If you prefer an angled look, you can choose brick, octagons, or pentagons. For a more free-spirited look, why not mix-and-match round and sharp edges? (Just make sure your design covers all of your ground.)

Budgeting

Always check your budget before deciding on an elaborate shape, stone, or style. Flagstone pavers are an affordable and beautiful option that fit most budgets. If your budget does not allow for your first, second, or even third choice, try to find used or leftover pavers from your supplier or online.

Color

Constant sun exposure will cause vivid colors to fade fast. If your patio is under the sun, choose muted or pale colored pavers. However, if your pavers are painted or coated (as in concrete, for example) replacing color periodically may be an easy fix. Applying a sealer twice a year will also prevent the pavers from losing color too quickly.

Consider the color of your house. If it is painted a neutral color, then most pavers will work well; but, if it is a more “distinct” color, you may need to be more careful about choosing your pavers.

Flagstone Pavers

As the leading landscape and hardscape materials supplier in the United States, Pioneer Landscape Centers wants to help you find the perfect pavers for your patio. Pioneer’s flagstone pavers are outdoor tiles that can are used in a variety of situations, including patios. Pioneer serves homeowners, contractors, builders, municipalities, and businesses across the country through commercial, wholesale, and retail divisions. Get in touch with us today at (866) 525-4079!